Todays object is colloquially called 'treen'. The word treen derives from the word tree and it is the term used to describe everyday wooden objects. Each of them has been turned out of one piece of wood, for example a bowl, a plate, a gingerbread mould, or a spoon, each of them having a domestic function. However, when we talk about antique treen, today that tends to cover the smaller more collectible wooden or cocquilla nut carved items e.g. antique snuff boxes, small candle stands, kitchen spice towers etc. A perfect example, that I showed on a previous quiz, is my own small Georgian nutmeg grater carved out of a cocquilla nut.
Small items such as these which have been painstakingly carved, handled, polished and loved, often dating from the Georgian period, have developed a wonderful colour and patination.
The quiz object is dated to the mid 1800s, and is slightly smaller than shown in the photo. Carved out of boxwood, the top unscrews. The handle is attached to a long screw with a disc at the ending and there is a small hole at the end of the small spout, but what is the objects use?
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